A young south Skye women will tonight (Wednesday) brave the worst of the winter elements in a bid to raise funds for the homeless and raise awareness of their plight.
Sarah Jane Reid from Kyleakin plans to camp out overnight in a bus shelter near her home in support of Crisis UK – the national charity for single homeless people.
Her ‘home’ for the night will be the bus shelter outside the Kings Arms Hotel, where she will stay between 6pm and 6am with no food or technology and only a cardboard box and sleeping bag for bedding.
She said she had felt moved to fundraise by the thought of homeless people being alone at Christmas.
“It breaks my heart to think of people being lonely, especially over Christmas,” said the 25-year-old, who works as a receptionist at Morar Motors in Kyle.
“I spent last Christmas in Australia away from my closest friends and family, but that feeling wasn’t even close to what loneliness feels like on a daily basis.
“To me Christmas is about being around others – nobody deserves to feel alone.”
Crisis offer shelter to the homeless and can provide support, hot meals – including Christmas dinner – a chance to shower and change clothes and get a health check.
Sarah Jane set out with a target of raising £500, enough to help around 20 people get access to these services. However, less than a week after announcing her idea on social media she had brought in over £1000.
She added: “It’s easy to get carried away in the food, love and warmth of Christmas, and forget about others less fortunate. Hopefully I can do my bit to help.”
Crisis reckon that almost 38 per cent of homeless people spend their entire day alone, and more than half of homeless people state that they no longer have ‘family ties’.
Donations for Sarah Jane’s charity effort can be made at the King Haakon in Kyleakin, in Morar Motors in Kyle, as well as online at www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Jane-Reid/